With Sophie Gaur

Human beings react to sound in various ways. Sounds can excite, soothe, heal or energise, as well as offer a range of emotional, intellectual and physical responses, based on how they are delivered. This studio explores this area of this sensory delivery through the design and construction of objects that either respond to existing musical traditions or propose new ways to thinking about sound. In this studio you will develop a proposition and make an object based on the idea of sound – for a specific outcome or purpose.

The studio emphasizes the articulating and delivering of very specific outcomes to self directed initiatives. We develop a class compendium on historical and contemporary instruments, refer to a musical instrument typologies and understand basic acoustic construction. You will challenge and extend your conceptual and crafting abilities in materials you choose to experiment in. You will detail and execute an idea from sketch to final working object with some degree to sophistication.

Presentations and lectures in the first few weeks will serve to give you a methodology of classification and analysis. One-on-one discussions will help direct your thinking and methodology towards a well rounded outcome. Museum visits, excursions and conversations with artists or craftspeople in the field establish a research framework for the studio. Making workshops in the first couple of weeks are designed to de-mystify and seamlessly merge conceptualizing and making.



Artist: Cameron Robbins:

Musician: Amy Valent:

Craftsperson: Joanne Saunders Recorder Maker:

Organised tours and excursions:Maton Guitars: , Grand Organ, Melbourne Town hall & Percy Grainger Museum, Melbourne University and Federation Bells, Federation Square, Melbourne.